Friday, 30 October 2009

10 things I did/places I went/people I saw in October


I went to London baby on the 8th to meet the very lovely Scrappy Sue and Mr Scrappy on their silver wedding anniversary tour. if you click on the link you can read about it and see what I think is the most flattering photo taken of me ever. It may be known to some of you that travel/driving/getting where I need to go is something of a challenege for me. That trip to London was immensely challenging, the Bakerloo line was closed and they asked us to use an altenative route, auntie no know an alternative route, auntie gets to the tube station to find it closed due to overcrowding, auntie has no feckin clue what bus to get, auntie spends the time waiting for the tube station to re open reading tube map, auntie ended up on several tubes and eventually arrives in the Ace Motorbike Cafe where she had exactly 1 hour before she had to do it all in reverse. This time it's much easier, Sue's sister is also with us and she lives in London, she gets us on the train as we can go some of the way together, she puts me on the tube to get to St Pancras so I can get the train back to auntiegwens house, but she puts me on the wrong tube. I would be stone mad if I had to live in London and do that daily.



The very next day October 9th I spent 7 hours and all of my Friday evening driving to Glasgow. The M6 is a bitch as usual, the children are asleep in minutes as usual and I feel so much better when I cross the border as usual. We went to see Billy Connolly on the Saturday evening and had a blast. It was a very Glasgow orientated show and he said how he felt this visceral pull about his home city and I know only too well what he means. No matter where I live and how long I stay away, this is where I belong.

My gadget mad dad having exhausted every possibility of gadget purchase has extended his repetoire, gadget purchasing for others. He wants to buy my mum a laptop for Christmas. My mother would want a laptop like I would want a subscription to The Guardian or the Daily Mail. She is getting a Sony Vaaio in pink. I am now the proud owner of a Tomtom XL Classic sat nav and my children now have a Wii. My dad has been poorly, I worry, my dad smokes like a chimney and it's now caught up with him. I worry, a lot.

After having a week to recover the following Thursday the 15th finds me back on the train to London to accompany NB to see Echo and The Bunnymen at the Camden Roundhouse, no, he has no idea why either. And he bought 4 tickets. Strangely enough no one wanted to come with us. The first thing he said as he met me off the train was "You look grumpy" that's what travelling in London does to me, makes me look like the wrath of God. The gig was packed, I mean absolutely rammed, I had no clue there were that many Bunny fans. However, himself and I agreed twas a poor gig. Never mind, we still have McIntyre and Ross to look forward to.

I get a homecooked meal from my lovely friend Sixy. I only get homecooked meals if other people do them. I agree with her that it might be slightly churlish of me to report my mother to social services for neglecting me in that department. I had a lovely evening with her and her bidey in, I heart them all and not just because they feed me. They listen to my "I'm so crap at dates it's amusing" stories too. No, I don't know what they get out of being friends with me either.

Matthew chief matey boy who belongs to the Eldest Beautiful Daughter came home from uni for a weekend. He is living in halls, EBD went to visit but refused to stay, there was a doughnut in the shower (jam, I asked too) and cereal down the toilet. This makes her worried, she now realises she will find it difficult to live with others. So he has to come see us. He'd missed us, we'd missed him. Muchly.


I went to Brighton with Eldest Beautiful Daughter, it is now officially where I want to live. I loved the shops, the pubs, the restaurants and most of all I loved the sea and the walking along beside it. Even in the rain. I loved it.



I was wooed fairly seriously this month, posh chocs, red roses and when I said I was uncomfortable with expensive gift giving every date, he gave me a home cooked meal (where he baked his own bread) and after dinner took me into the garden where he gave me fireworks (the kind you have on November 5th, the regular kind, the terms fireworks is not a euphanism, just clearing that up for you) This makes him the nicest man I am reluctant to have a relationship with this year.

I am a poorly girl. I have a cold, if I was male I'd have man flu. I am wide awake and it's the middle of the night. I will find it extremely difficult to be dynamic at work tomorrow. Yes, actually, your auntie is dynamic at work on a daily, nay hourly basis, thank you very much

I finally, finally did my feckin tax return. How come I work so hard and am so tired but I only earned fourpence and a caramel?

15 comments:

menopausaloldbag (MOB) said...

Oh Auntie I too am laden with the cold – have been for over two weeks now and have been awake coughing since 0530am. Can’t seem to shift the after effects – bummer but at least I got it before Christmas. Well you certainly had a busy old October. I wish I had half your energy. Didn’t know you aren’t in lurve with London. I adore it and me and himself are off there next week for a couple of days doing touristy things as a gift to ourselves for our 5th wedding anniversary. Still, you lurve Brighton and that is the new London by all accounts! Load of celebs live there now so you could hang out with the glitterati, air kiss a lot and call people dahling as you float around breaking potential beau’s hearts!

Matthew said...

You have a very busy month. Puts mine to shame.

And yes, that's a very nice picture of you over on the linked page. I'm particularly impressed that someone manage to graft a border collie's tongue into your mouth. Was the operation painful? I do hope it didn't affect your sense of taste? :)

auntiegwen said...

Mob - I love London, I just find getting around London really difficult, it's so frantically busy but Brighton, that was just divine

Matt - I had no idea I could look so attractive with so little effort !

Working Mum said...

Busy and poorly - not a good combination! Get better soon.

PS Am disappointed fireworks were real ones.

Secretia said...

I did enjoy your photos, and the account of your trip. Thanks.

Nota Bene said...

Schom mishtake shurely....it's always sunny in Brighton...sorry about Echo and the Bunny men and major apologies for Ross and Macintyre in advance....feel free to be washing your hair that night!

Madame DeFarge said...

You earned a caramel? Was it a McCowan's Highland one? In which, you are rich beyond compare. And your teeth will be forever stuck together.

auntiegwen said...

WM - I'm not disappointed, I quite enjoyed the display :)

Secretia - and how polite of you to say so, take note Edge, see how polite and nice people are to me ...

NB - it was wet, I have photos to prove it.

Madame - oh I'd forgotten Highland toffee, how I used to love that

bittersweetmess said...

"This makes him the nicest man I have refused to have a relationship with this year."

Love it!

scrappysue said...

i haven't finished reading this post (which i somehow managed to miss!) but i have a MUCH lovlier pic of auntie which i will be posting in due course!!!

scrappysue said...

ooooooooo - the non-romance sounds like it's progressing just nicely! i hope auntie feels better real soon!

auntiegwen said...

Becca - oh yes, I am SO sorted when it comes to men, so sorted.

Sue - it's when I look at you and mr scrappy that I know I want the real deal, and I am finding it very hard to accept that the man I want probably isn't an option :(

sixpence said...

How come I didn't know about the hot dates? We clearly have some gossiping to do!! xx

Saz said...

And I have been as ill as ill can be - Defo! And that photo of you over at ScrappySue's - Priceless, Auntie Gwen! And the Collie Tongue - From whence do you take those thoughts, BAGgie? Fab and funny, my pet - I hope you are better now as I finally am... xox

Saz said...

OOps it's Fhina actually sorry for being signed in to the wrong account! xox